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We talk FitBit at #CESLive!

It can easily be said that most of the WPCentral Staff are fans of the FitBit line of fitness trackers.  We all climbed on board last year during Fitness Month with the FitBit One and many of us have progressed to the FitBit Force.  It was a pleasure to have Lindsay Cook from FitBit spend a little time with us on the #CESLive stage.

Lindsay highlighted the FitBit Force with its digital display.  She also shared that an accessory line from Tory Burch is in the works for the FitBit Flex to dress up the device a bit.

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We first learned of Sphero during last year’s //BUILD/ conference and the little robotic ball made a nice impression on us.  Fast forward to CES 2014 and we find that Sphero has grown tremendously.  Ian and Adam from Sphero spent a few minutes with us at #CESLive to show off the company's fantastic robotic products.

The robotic ball is controlled and programmed through your smartphone or tablet with a set of achievements that can be earned that will unlock performance features.  In addition to the original Sphero ball, the company showed off their latest product, the Sphero 2B which is slated for release later this year.

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Phillip Nelson from NewTek spent some time with us today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show to discuss the company’s latest product, the TriCaster 860.  For those not familiar with NewTek, the company provides technology products for internet broadcasting.  Their goal is simple; let people get their hands on the tools they need to make a “real” TV show, not just a funny YouTube clip or home movie from Dad’s camcorder

The TriCaster 860 is an all-in-one integrated, live production system that offers the power of a live network studio.  Often described as a TV Truck in a Box, the TriCaster is designed so a single operator can use it.  Our friends at GeekBeat TV have had success with the system and it has performed fantastic this week during our CESLive broadcasts.

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Day 0: CES behind the scenes

Monday was our first day at CES, but the conference does not officially start until Tuesday, January 7th. The show floor was still being prepared, but we walked around for a little preview. Want to know what it’s like? Watch the video after the break for a quick look behind the scenes.

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The team has arrived, the gear has been unpacked, and we're ready for #CESLive. This is our biggest year at CES yet. All totaled, we have 22 people on the ground here in Las Vegas covering the content for all our sites this week, including CrackBerry, Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central and the newly launched Smartwatch Fans. Aside from the usual faces, the Mobile Nations family is once again teaming up with our friends at Geek Beat: featuring podcast pioneer Cali Lewis and tech evangelist John Pozadzides. 

We'll be covering all areas of tech whether we're talking health and fitness, automotive, home technologies, smartphones, tablets and more. CES is the spot for it all and generally the spot to get a first glimpse at a lot of the cool new technologies that will soon be hitting our lives. Some will make it, others we'll never hear from again, and that's what makes it all exciting!

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Happy Boxing day everyone! As we come to the end of 2013 we have a little tune up to announce for our Windows Phone app. This is a minor bump for version 4.4 up to revision 12 and you can go download it right now from the marketplace for WP7 and WP8.

Of course if you want to find out exactly what has changed you can stick around and we’ll tell you all about it below. Also don’t forget to go and check out the first sneak preview of our Windows 8 app if you haven’t already, we hope to be releasing that into public beta very soon!

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You’ve asked for it, and we’ve finally got around to doing it. Yes, the Windows 8.1 app for Windows Phone Central is nearing completion. Or at least complete enough show you the app in action as we prep for beta testing!

Although that beta isn’t starting today (we tried, we really tried!), it will be happening in the coming weeks. In the meantime, take a look at our video tour, hosted by your cherub cheeked developer, Jay Bennett, plus a few screenshots and photos of the app in action.

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There’s an app all of you should have on your Windows Phone right now. It’s ours and it’s made by Jay Bennett. As you may have noticed, our app hit version 4.4 nearly a month ago. It wasn’t a big update in terms of features. Instead, it was a refinement of what was already a killer app. How did Jay refine it? With a bit of help from feedback from both users and a recent design review with Nokia and Microsoft. Let’s check out the video from that design review.

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Last year, Windows Phone 8 infamously launched without the ability to watch your content from Xbox Video. It was a sore point of contention when Windows Phone fans would argue the overall strengths of the Microsoft ecosystem. Earlier today, Microsoft finally launched a dedicated app for Xbox Video (and surprised us with a new app for Xbox Music). So, how are you liking it?  

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As 2013 begins to wind down, Windows Phone continues to grow. With more phones available to the public than ever before, choosing the right accessory is becoming more and more a priority. Luckily for you we’re throwing another sale to help ease things.

For the next 7 days you can save 20% on ALL Windows Phone cases and accessories at the Windows Phone Central Store. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code 7DAYS during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

Never tried our Store before? It’s kind of neat as you can select your phone from our device selector and it will narrow down all accessories for that Windows Phone. Give it a spin and maybe you’ll find something you like and remember, the Store helps support our site, writers and community!

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It’s Saturday, so it’s time for another round of our weekly app highlights. This is the part of the week where we sit back and go over the big news around apps that you might have missed. We’ll look at new apps to the Windows Phone Store, big updates to some of your favorite apps, and any new betas worth checking out. Let’s jump in.

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Last week we announced our partnership with Geek Beat and the rest of the Mobile Nations crew to cover the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. CES is known as the largest electronics event in the world and it happens every year in Vegas. Also every year, we cover it as individual sites but this time around we’re going big.

Check out the preview video with Cali Lewis and John P. of Geek Beat along with Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson, Rene Ritchie and myself as we talk ourselves into doing this huge, crazy project.

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Another week has gone by, which means it’s the perfect time to sit back and go over the big app news for the week. That’s right, it’s your favorite little column where we look at the big new apps that hit the Windows Phone Store. We’ll also look at any apps that received substantial updates, cool new betas, and a few games. Let’s jump in.

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Windows 8.1 is the latest and greatest version of Microsoft’s cornerstone product. It’s notable for refining and building upon the ideas introduced in Windows 8. We’re also really excited because of the optimizations made in Windows 8.1 for tablet devices in the 7 to 8-inch range. Tablets like the Acer W3/W4 or Dell Venue 8 Pro. We’ve played with most of them, but we’re curious which one you own or plan to own.

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Cyber Monday may be over but that doesn’t mean we can’t extend the savings. Yes, in case you missed it earlier this week, we’re extending the savings through the end-of-the-day Friday. Until midnight PST this Friday, you can save 25% on ALL Windows Phone cases and accessories at Store.WPCentral.com.

If you haven't visited our store for a while, be sure to click over and take a browse. You simply select your phone and the store will be customized for your device—awesome.

To take advantage of the Cyber Monday savings, all you need to do it use coupon code CYBER13 during the checkout process. It's as simple as that. Also a reminder that earlier this week we announced support for Bitcoin, so if you're sitting on a pile of Bitcoins now you can get it on the savings.

Thanks for supporting the Windows Phone Central community!!

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We've had a lot of demand from users to begin accepting Bitcoin at the Windows Phone Central Store, and today I'm happy to announce that support is here! Just in time for the holidays, Bitcoin users can now checkout with the digital currency at the Windows Phone Central Store and our other Mobile Nations stores including ShopAndroid, the iMore Store and ShopCrackBerry.

To kick off the Bitcoin support, we've even extended our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale to run a full week. That means until this Friday, December 6th at midnight PST tonight, you can save 25% on ALL orders using coupon code CYBER13.

Take me to the Windows Phone Central Store!

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We told you what we think are the best Windows Phones, but now we want your opinion.​ We’ve had some major official apps land like Instagram, Domino’s Pizza, Songza and more. We’ve also had some groundbreaking hardware like the Lumia 1020 or the massive Lumia 1520, even though it was the mild-mannered Lumia 520 that built Windows Phone market share. 

So which do you think was the most important? Take our survey and tell us what the best app for photography was or which productivity app was your top choice. After two weeks, we’ll post the top nominations from you for each category, which will then be voted on by you. Finally, at the end of December we’ll post the results of what you think were the best apps and devices of the year.

Sound good? Then take our survey by following this link: smartphoneexperts.polldaddy.com/s/wpc-best-of-2013-nominations 

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